Wild Adventures makes offer for VisionLand

Posted Monday, August 26, 2002 4:30 AM | Contributed by rampagelover

Georgia-based Wild Adventures offered Saturday to buy VisionLand for an undisclosed price and keep the bankrupt theme park open for at least the next five years. The financially troubled park is operating only its water park this year.

Read more from the Birmingham News.

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Monday, August 26, 2002 7:06 AM
Looks as though Wild Adventures wants to Come in on The SFOG front on the west side now as well as the south side. I seriously doubt that this will hurt SFOGs crowds.
Monday, August 26, 2002 7:34 AM
Yeah SFOG is to far away from Wild Adventures.
Monday, August 26, 2002 8:10 AM
I have to figure that Wild Adventures want to work with the West Jefferson Amusement Authority for political reasons. WJAA has certainly shown no expertise in managing an amusement park.
Monday, August 26, 2002 1:03 PM
In an interview last night, Quintim Mitchell (Bessemer's mayor and the chairman of th WJAA) stated that he and the city of Bessener really want to get out of the amusement busniess.

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Monday, August 26, 2002 4:01 PM
I agree. This whole Visionland mess is just another thing the city does not want to deal with. I wouldn't be surprised if they accept an offer below their asking price, just to get the whole mess (or at least a good portion of it) off their backs. Mayors and city councils should run cities...not amusement parks.

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Monday, August 26, 2002 4:22 PM

Actually, if Wild Adventures puts money into this park is could greatly affect SFoG's crowds. Of course, no major declines will occur in the first few years, but many people who visit SFoG come from Alabama, Mississippi, etc. If Visionland becomes bigger and more rides are added, SFoG could lose people that it got this year.

Of course, like I said, It would take a few years for any significant declines to occur.

Monday, August 26, 2002 7:16 PM

I would have loved to see Mitchell say they wanted out of the business. But anyway, I simply can not believe why Wild Adventures wants the Authority to stick around. The lawyers have said that the cities must continue their annual payments NO MATTER WHAT. If they want to backout they have to give 5 years notice, which 1 or 2 already have. By the Way what part of AL are you from Rampagelover?

Monday, August 26, 2002 7:51 PM
"Manage the park for the authority" could mean many things. Hopefully it means that Wild Adventures will run the park as if they own it while the authority simply owns the park on paper, only having to OK expansions and expenditures. From the tone of the article, I'd bet that's how it will work. I'm not sure I like it that way, but its still tons better than the park being SBNO.

It also states that Wild Adventures is committed to investing at least $10 million during the next several years. So don't count on a new coaster any time soon for the park, maybe a flat or two if they do good over the next few years.

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